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Romance | Love, Unscripted | Owen Nicholls

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I’m delighted to be sharing my thoughts for Love, Unscripted by Owen Nicholls.

For film projectionist Nick, love should mirror what he sees on the big screen. And when he falls for Ellie on the eve of the 2008 presidential election, it finally does.

For four blissful years, Nick loved Ellie as much as he loved his job splicing film reels together in the local cinema. Life seemed… picture-perfect.

But now it’s 2012, Ellie has moved out and Nick’s trying to figure out where it all went wrong.

With Ellie gone and his life far from the happy ending he imagined, Nick wonders if their romance could ever again be as perfect as the night they met.

Can love really be as it is in the movies?

Book cover for Love, Unscripted by Owen Nicholls

Love, Unscripted by Owen Nicholls is published by Headline and is available to purchase in digital, hardcover and audiobook formats.  The paperback publishes 9th July 2020.


I thought the format of the story worked well.  Nick’s narration in 2012 after his breakup with Ellie and then his flashbacks to the 2008 election night party when they first met adds interest and keeps the pace fresh.  We find out important events that have shaped their lives and what drives them as individuals.

Nick is always second-guessing and catastrophising.  I have to say it was refreshing to find these traits in a male lead as in my experience, it is often the female lead who takes this role in romance stories!  His vulnerabilities draw you in and you can’t help but feel an emotional attachment to him.

Despite the sadness, humour lifts the story (and I loved the movie references).   

Love, Unscripted is a story that will entertain you and maybe inspire you to accept a challenge and make a change.  Loved the ending!

Owen Nicholls is a screenwriter with a Masters in Scriptwriting from the University of East Anglia. His first screenplay — a biopic of the filmmakers Powell and Pressburger — was optioned to Bedlam Productions, the BAFTA and Academy Award-winning producers of The King’s Speech. His work has appeared in Empire and NME, and in 2018 he was selected for the Escalator Scheme run by the National Centre For Writing. Love, Unscripted is his first novel.

When he isn’t writing you’ll find him in the cinema, watching everything from the latest Pixar to the best in independent film.

Owen lives in Norfolk, England with his wife and children.

Twitter @OwenNicholls

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